Driver found with meth, heroin, ammo and shotgun
SPOKANE, Wash. — Defective mechanical violations led to a deputy searching a vehicle and uncovering drugs and a shotgun.
Deputy Humphrey conducted a traffic stop after observing a Dodge pickup with an unreadable license plate along with lighting and equipment violations.
The deputy saw a plastic pipe, commonly used to smoke illegal controlled substances with brown residue in it, in a mesh bag on the dashboard. Under the bag there was a small baggie that appeared to have brown residue inside as well. Deputy Humphrey suspected the residue was heroin.
He asked the driver of the vehicle if he had any concealed weapons in the vehicle and the driver responded with, “I don’t know,” and later explained that he did not know if he had his shotguns in the vehicle.
Deputy Humphrey asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and proceeded to detain him and read his rights after a backup unit arrived.
The driver stated that he was not a hard drug user and did not use heroin. He explained the bag belonged to his friend who he gave a ride to earlier.
The deputy was unable to locate a computer record, but it did show a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) had been served. A portion of the TPO stated that he was prohibited from possessing or obtaining any firearm or dangerous weapon.
His vehicle was seized and a pending search warrant was placed. Without enough evidence to keep him detained, he was advised of the pending search warrant and released.
After obtaining a search warrant, Deputy Humphrey located a loaded Browning 12-gauge shotgun in the vehicle along with 49 grams of meth, 2 grams of heroin and numerous hypodermic needles inside the orange bag.
After concluding the search, Deputy Humphrey developed probable cause to charge the driver, Geaudreau with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree, Possession of an Unlawful Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin.
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